Jared Craig
Jared was in the original cast of Be The Dog at Boston University. His Boston area credits include Idwal Morris in The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Company, Directed by Nicholas Martin), Lucius in Julius Caesar (American Repertory Theatre and upcoming French tour), Scripps in The History Boys (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Fiddlehead Theatre), Paul in First Blush and Richard in The Red Lion (Boston Playwright’s Theatre), and Chester in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (MHSDG State Festival Winner). He studied at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts and received a BFA in Acting from Boston University.
Jessica Grant
Jessica Grant received her BFA in acting from Boston University in 2007. She is originally from Seattle, WA, but grew up in Belgium and England. Most recently Jessica appeared in the Flea Theatre’s world premiere of ‘The Footage’ as Alexa. In Boston, she worked at the Huntington Theatre on ‘The Cherry Orchard’, ‘The Rivals’ and ‘Present Laughter’. Last spring, she played Cecily in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at The Lyric Stage and acted in a Spanish version Durrenmatt’s ‘The Visit’ with the Apollonaire Theatre. Jessica studied Shakespeare, clowning and Restoration comedy during a semester abroad at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). Some favorite roles include Puck in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Evelyn in ‘The Shape of Things’ and Audrey in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
Rebecca Newman
Rebecca Newman is a recent grad of Boston University where she recieved her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts. At BU, she was fortunate enough to be a part of Be the Dog in its first incarnation. As luck would have it, Jason still thinks she can be a dog. Becca is currently living in New York and interning at New Dramatists.
David Rosenblatt
David is thrilled to be the dog! He just finished a run of 'Mother' with Holland Taylor and Buck Henry (Wild Project), and other NYC credits include 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' (Town Hall) and 'Sow and Weep' (Helen Mills Theater). In Boston he has appeared in premieres of 'The Goatwoman of Corvis County' with Shakespeare & Co. and 'The Duchess of Malfi' with Actors' Shakespeare Project. He has studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and holds a degree in Theater Arts from Boston University. Love to family and friends. This one is for you Grandma!
  Emily Kaye Liberis
Emily Kaye Liberis is a playwright, director, and actor from Boston. Be The Dog, her first play, was presented in a workshop production by Pendragon Theatre Company in Saranac Lake, NY in 2008. Other plays include Temp, Museum of Bad Art, and Sisters, which was produced at the Richmond Shepard Theatre in New York in 2008. She is currently working towards an MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. Directing credits include Top Girls at Boston University, assistant director of Mauritius with the Huntington Theatre Company and assistant director of The Pillowman with the New Repertory Theatre Company. Her acting credits include Sow and Weep, Autobahn, Rhinoceros, Waiting for Godot, Low in the Dark, Wildwood Park, The Trojan Women, The King Stag, and Waiting for Lefty. Emily graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University’s School of Theatre in 2007. She is thrilled to be a part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival and she would like to thank her family for their endless support.
  Jason McDowell-Green
Jason McDowell-Green’s directing credits include Waiting For Lefty (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Duck Pond (WTF), Sow and Weep (Helen Mills Theatre), Be The Dog (Boston University), and Right to Remain (BU). He’s assisted numerous directors including Scott Ellis (Streamers, Huntington Theatre Company) and Nicholas Martin (She Loves Me, HTC and WTF). He also served as fight choreographer on The Shipment (Young Jean Lee), The Understudy (Williamstown, Dir. Scott Ellis) and Not Waving (Williamstown, Dir. Carolyn Cantor). Some of his favorite acting credits include Streamers (Roundabout), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Town Hall), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Rhinoceros, Antony and Cleopatra, The Man of Mode, Troilus and Cressida, Once in a Lifetime, and The Revenger’s Tragedy. He earned his BFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and has studied with London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts as well as the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. This fall he will be touring with Romeo and Juliet in a co-production with The Acting Company and The Guthrie Theatre.
  RyderWorks/William Ryder
RyderWorks is an arts, education and entertainment company organized in 2008 to facilitate collaboration with other artists and managers to create words, images and actions that inspire love, laughter and change. RyderWorks is a ‘vision-based’ organization and, as such, relies on the vision to guide decision-making (especially with respect to the creation, management and distribution of its work). The company’s vision is: Heaven on earth, and therefore its words, images and actions contribute somehow to the realization of this vision. ‘Be The Dog’ marks its first theatrical production.

William Ryder is a producer, writer, and actor. As producer: ‘Lake Wonderful’ (short film). As writer: ‘My Gift’ (a musical), Dix Hills (a play), ‘Forget Me Knots’ (a one act), ‘Little Helpers’, ‘Flight of the Songbird’, ‘Sportin’ Roosters’, ‘Bubbles Galore’ (animated shorts), and several comedy sketches and shorts. He blogs at RyderWorks.net. As actor: Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire (Mitch); Oedipus Rex (with Al Pacino and Diane Weist, directed by Estelle Parsons), Measure for Measure (Pompey), As You Like It (Charles), Alone With Robby, and Wine & Spirits. Television: All My Children, One Life to Live, As The World Turns, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Film: The Tavern, Visions of Sugarplums. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, a management consultant, and a CPA.
  Dave Eggers
Author of How We Are Hungry
Source Material
Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago, attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and is the author of five books. His first, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a memoir, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It was followed by You Shall Know Our Velocity!, a novel, and by How We Are Hungry, a collection of short stories. His latest book, What Is the What, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In 1998, Eggers founded McSweeney's, an independent publishing house now located in San Francisco. It publishes books, a quarterly literary journal, The Believer (a monthly magazine of essays and interviews), Wholphin (a short-film DVD quarterly), and a daily humor website.

In 2002, Eggers opened 826 Valencia, a writing and tutoring lab for young people in San Francisco's Mission District. There, he continues to teach writing to high-school students, and runs a summer publishing camp. 826 Valencia now has satellite chapters in Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, and Chicago. A staunch advocate of teachers, Eggers instituted a monthly grant for exceptional Bay Area teachers, and in 2005 he co-wrote Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers. His interest in oral history led to his 2004 co-founding of Voice of Witness, a nonprofit series of books that use oral history to illuminate human-rights crises around the world.

He recently co-wrote, with Spike Jonze, the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and with his wife, the novelist Vendela Vida, the screenplay for the film Away We Go, which was directed by Sam Mendes. With Valentino Deng, Eggers is the co-founder of the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, which is improving educational opportunities for Sudanese children in Sudan and the United States. (From the author pages of McSweeneys.net)

    “The playwright, Emily Kaye Liberis, has added and subtracted a good deal of dialogue and many plot elements from the source material. She was given wide berth to do whatever she wished with the original stories, and thus this play should be considered a loose interpretation of the author's stories.” -Dave Eggers
  Kenneth Grady Barker
Set Design
Kenneth Grady Barker is a Brooklyn-based sculptor and scenic designer whose theatrical design credits include Counterpoint (Slant Theater Project), Call Me Anne (Access Theater), Dogs (Duo Theater), 14 Times in Two Weeks (Counterpulse Theater, San Francisco), as well as the 2008 Free Theater at Williamstown Theater Festival. His associate and assistant design credits include Broke-ology (Lincoln Center), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (the Public), Dance Dance Revolution (the Ohio Theater), Pippin (Mark Taper Forum), The Newly Wed Game (Gameshow Network), and Williamstown Theater Festival. Barker has recently become the resident designer at Examined Man Theater Company, and his sculpture and visual art have been shown at Exit Art Gallery (NYC), SideShow Gallery (NYC), Ramsden Morrison Gallery (San Diego), and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute (SF).
  Beth V. Goldenberg
Costume Design
Costume design credits include How I Won the Campbell Prize (Triskelion Arts Center); Tooth Fairy/Sugar Daddy(Garage Ensemble); Theremin, Dressing Miss Julie (NY Fringe Festival); Me, My Guitar & Don Henley (Crooked Neck Productions); The Drowned World, The Tempest, Rimers of Eldritch (BU). Assistant design credits include Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (The Women's Project); Up In the Air (Kennedy Center); Tamburlaine (The Shakespeare Theatre) and the feature film The Imperialists Are Still Alive!. BFA, Costume Design, Boston University.
  Nick Houfek
Lighting Design
(SoPercussion and Matmos Performance,) Atlantic Stage 2 for Potomac Theatre Company (Therese Raquin,) Olney Theatre Center (Call of the Wild,) Boston University (Postcard from Morocco,) Boston Center for American Performance (Glass Menagerie,) Triskelion Arts Center (How I Won The Cambell Prize) and for the Garage Ensemble (10 Short Plays.) Tours in US, France, Germany and China with dance companies Martha Graham, Elisa Monte, Nai-Ni Chen and The Deborah Hay Dance Company as lighting supervisor; Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Broadway transfer of Glory Days, and The New York City Ballet as Assistant Lighting Designer. He is a graduate of Boston University's Theatre Design Program.

  Keith Nolan
Sound Design
The summer after graduating high school, Keith took a 7-week work-study filmmaking program at the Maine photographic workshops in Rockport Maine. He began studying to be a director of photography, but by the end of the course he had found his true niche in the realm of audio and music. He returned home and worked for two years as the head video editor for a leading local news station in Chattanooga, TN. After a successful move to New York City in the fall of 2007, Keith finally attained his dream of making a living by recording location sound, producing music and sound designing for theater.


  Brian Mungavin
Graphic Design
Brian has worked extensively as a graphic designer on many different types of projects. For more information about his designs, please check out his website.
  Clarke Griffith
Marketing Consultant
Clarke Griffith is a senior marketing manager with more than 20 years’ experience in, Advertising Account Management, Learning and Development, Partner Co-branded Marketing, Interactive Marketing, and Call Center Program Management. He has worked as an employee and contractor for large brands like MCI and AOL as well as for small boutique New York-based advertising agencies. He has studied acting and performed in several film and theater projects.
  Matthew Clark
Program Designer
Matthew Clark is freelance graphic designer and photographer. His interest and experience in design stems from his early art education and training in conventional mediums. With the advent of digital art and tools, he expanded his design skills to encompass most platforms and mediums. Matthew concurrently pursues his digital work along with urban photography.
  Courtney Burhans
Marketing Assistant
Courtney is a senior at Loyola University in Maryland (formerly, Loyola College), majoring in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations and Advertising; minor in Business. She is captain of the university’s varsity lacrosse team. Courtney is originally from Long Island, New York, and plans to study abroad after school. Courtney has worked in amateur theatre as an actor, director, set designer, and playwright.